SR 150
Modifies numerous Senate Rules
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2/1/2005 - S adopted
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SCS SR 150
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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SR 150 - This resolution changes certain Senate Rules.

RULES 4, 6, 21, 45 - A technical change was made to reflect that the Committee on Rules is now known as the Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics and the Committee on State Budget Control is now known as the Committee on Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight.

RULE 7 - This change to the rule on voting procedure prohibits a senator from changing or casting his or her vote after the yeas and nays have been announced by the president.

RULE 10 - Updates the description of the Judiciary Committee to reflect that it is now the Committee on the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence. This is in the context of the Judiciary Committee Chair acting as parliamentarian in the absence of the president pro tem.

RULE 14 - A technical change is made to reflect it is the president pro tem who signs all acts, resolutions and addresses.

RULE 19 - This rule removes language requiring the secretary make a notation at the foot of a bill noting his final passage.

RULE 26 - The president pro tem and the majority and minority floor leaders will be ex-officio members of all standing and statutory committees of the senate for the purpose of quorum and discussion, but shall have no vote unless they are duly appointed members of such committee.

RULE 27 - The Committee on Parliamentary Procedure shall be composed of the president pro tem, the chair of the judiciary committee and the minority floor leader.

RULE 45 - For consent bills, this change provides that any objections must be filed with the secretary of the senate.

RULE 52 - Requires senate bills reported from committee to lie on the table one day and house bills reported to the senate for third reading and senate bills on third reading to lie on the table for one day.

RULE 64 - A floor substitute will be treated as an original bill and subject to floor amendments, but shall not be subject to amendment by further floor substitute.

NEW RULE 65 - Authorizes, at any time, the sponsor of a bill being debated on the floor to withdraw the bill and place it on the informal calendar, even if another member is addressing the senate or an amendment or substitute is pending. Once the bill is brought back before the body, the sponsor of the pending amendment or substitute will be recognized by the chair.

RULE 66 (OLD 65) - This change is similar to the change in rule 7, but applies to the voting procedure on final passage of a bill. Senators cannot cast or change their vote after the vote is announced by the president.

RULE 68 (67) - This change deletes a requirement that, during the signing of a bill by the presiding officer of the senate, the bill be read at length.

RULE 76 (75) - This change modifies the rule on the right to the floor. In order to maintain the recognition of the chair, the senator must be engaged in debate or in discourse. If such a senator seeks to have the body stand at ease, he must seek unanimous consent from the body. The rule exempts senators with permanent disabilities from having to rise in order to seek recognition from the chair. Senators with temporary disabilities must submit a letter to the secretary of the senate, which shall be printed in the journal, and subsequently shall be recognized without standing.

RULE 77 (76) - Currently, if two senators rise at once, the chair shall name the senator who is to speak first, with the other having preference next. The rule is changed to provide that nothing in the rule shall be interpreted to prevent any senator not chosen from making a motion that is in order under the rules.

RULE 96 (95) - This rule authorizes the research staff, as well as the press, to use laptop computers in the Senate Chamber, provided their use does not interfere with the decorum of the Senate or otherwise prove disruptive.

RULE 102 - The proposed change repeals this rule that limits the gifts which may be accepted by members of the Senate.